College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Cassandra D. Caldwell an internationally-renowned diversity and inclusion thought leader, author, faculty member, consultant, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and scholar. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Black Enterprise Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, HBCU Connect Magazine, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
She has over 23 years of experience through several leadership roles with: General Electric, Sodexo, the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, GlaxoSmithKline, North Carolina State University, and the US Department of Agriculture.
In addition to being a leader in the corporate world, Dr. Caldwell was recently appointed to be an advisor to the US Census on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. She also holds academic appointments as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Nova Southeastern University, and Walden University. She has also held academic appointments at Cornell University, North Carolina Central University, Duke University, Seton Hall University, and the University of Houston. Her teaching areas of expertise focus on: leadership, diversity & inclusion, human resources, organizational theory & behavior, and research methods.
She recently completed an executive education program in corporate social responsibility at Harvard Business School. Dr. Caldwell earned a doctor of philosophy degree in human and community resource development from The Ohio State University. She earned a master of public administration degree from North Carolina Central University, and a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her international education includes being a visiting scholar in Ghana, South Africa, and Swaziland. Her latest international academic appointment was as a visiting scholar at The Oxford Round Table for Women's Leadership at the University of Oxford in England. In addition to these international academic appointments, Dr. Caldwell has been invited to present on leadership topics in Japan, Morocco, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Canada, Austria, and France.
Her dedication to community service parallels her distinguished career. She is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations including: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Admissions Program, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill General Alumni Association. She was a founding member of the Triangle Area Next Generation of African American Philanthropists Fund and a former board member of Lillian's List. Previously, she served as a Big Sister and a member of the Summit House Raleigh Board of Directors. In 1992, she established the Delta Sigma Theta Solid Foundation Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which was awarded to the freshman woman with the highest grade point average. Dr. Caldwell's other volunteer service activities have included: serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem, serving as a southern region captain for Toys for Tots, serving as a mentor with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving on the Triangle United Way Certification Committee, serving on the Steering Committee for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Boys and Girls Club, working with Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering with Special Olympics.
Because of these achievements, Dr. Caldwell has received numerous honors including: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal CEO Leadership in Action Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal Excellence in Innovation Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leader Award, Wake County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women 21st Century African-American Trailblazer /Sojourner Truth Legacy Award, Sodexo Champion of Diversity Award, The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Keeper of the Dream Award, North Carolina Central University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Marquis Who's Who of American Women Executives, Empire Who's Who of Women in Education, Leadership America North Carolina, The American Association for Higher Education Patricia K. Cross Future Leader Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award, The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Development Scholarship, and The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Early Career Award.